- easily seen, recognized, or understood; open to view or knowledge; evident: an obvious advantage.
- lacking in subtlety.
- Obsolete. being or standing in the way.
Origin of obvious
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Examples from the Web for obviously
Obviously, the first obligation of all liberal democratic governments is to enforce the rule of law.Ayaan Hirsi Ali: Our Duty Is to Keep Charlie Hebdo Alive
Ayaan Hirsi Ali
January 8, 2015
Obviously, not all the original cast can come back or even have the desire.Juiciest ‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’ Rumors (and Some Debunked Ones)
January 3, 2015
Yes, the original Bond, as imagined by Ian Fleming, was obviously white.Rush Limbaugh’s Fear of a Black James Bond
December 29, 2014
Just because two pieces of malware share a common ancestry, it obviously does not mean they share a common operator.No, North Korea Didn’t Hack Sony
December 24, 2014
Since filming the show, however, her relationship with classical music has obviously changed.‘Mozart in the Jungle’: Inside Amazon’s Brave New World of Sex, Drugs, and Classical Music
December 23, 2014
Obviously there had been no serious quarrel between the brothers.Viviette
William J. Locke
All these stories are obviously alike, but we judge them very differently.A Theological-Political Treatise [Part II]
Benedict of Spinoza
In this the Man of Taste is obviously following the reigning fashion.De Libris: Prose and Verse
"This is obviously a conundrum," said Yates, ticking off the items on his four fingers.In the Midst of Alarms
To run straight, the axes of all the wheels must obviously be parallel.
- in a way that is easy to see or understand; evidently
- without subtlety
- (sentence modifier) it is obvious that; clearlyobviously not everyone wants a bank account
- easy to see or understand; evident
- exhibiting motives, feelings, intentions, etc, clearly or without subtlety
- naive or unsubtlethe play was rather obvious
- obsolete being or standing in the way
Word Origin and History for obviously
1580s, "frequently met with," from Latin obvius "that is in the way, presenting itself readily, open, exposed, commonplace," from obviam (adv.) "in the way," from ob "against" (see ob-) + viam, accusative of via "way" (see via). Meaning "plain to see, evident" is first recorded 1630s. Related: Obviously; obviousness.